Pro wrestling writer Scott Keith (Sporting News/Fighting Spirit Magazine) recently noted on his blog that the reason being given for John Cena taking an extended break from WWE this fall is due to shooting a new reality series for FOX.
Keith explained he has a friend in the industry and Cena is scheduled to host a new fitness-themed show for the network, which would explain his absence.
Keith posted the following:
A friend in the fitness industry is working on a fitness-themed reality show for FOX. The show is set to air in the spring. He and a few others were told this week that the filming window is set for Oct. 26 to the first or second week of January, and that it will take 6-8 weeks to do everything. They also found out that the host of the show is going to be John Cena. I’m guessing this explains his rumored hiatus after HIAC.
Cena is reported to be taking time off following the WWE Hell In A Cell pay-per-view, and would return for a December WWE live event at Madison Square Garden.